Wednesday, January 19, 2011

neo-victorian goth explained

I just came across a very interesting an insightful article on The Ultimate Goth Guide about what, exactly, it means to be a Neo-Victorian Goth, versus being a Neo-Victorian.

According to Amy, the blogger of The Ultimate Goth Guide:
[Neo-Victorianism] often involves imitating Victorian behaviours or even re-enacting Victorian life, such as writing letters in formal prose with a fountain pen and exhanging calling cards
In other words, emulating aspects of a Victorian lifestyle.  And dressing more accurately Victorian.

But the Goth aspect of neo-Victorianism takes its own twist on looks, without necessarily incorporating it into a lifestyle, as Amy points out:
[Neo-Victorian Goth culture] is based upon aesthetics more than behaviours or affectations, like other subsets of Goth. It is often closely linked with the steampunk subculture (more on steampunk later) because, like steampunk, it combines historical elements with a modern or futuristic twist. It may also be linked with Lolita due to certain commonalities such as parasols and bloomers.

One should really read the entire article, as it greatly clarifies the difference between the two movements.  It discusses aspects of steampunk culture, neo-Victorian music, etc. that I commonly cover on this blog, the crazy Asylum girl persona of Emilie Autumn as an expression of the neo-Victorian Goth, and the general historical inaccuracy embraced by the subcultures involved.

Kudos for such a terrific article, Amy!

1 comment:

  1. Oh wow, thanks so much! I'm really glad you enjoyed the post - and thank you again for making my day =)